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This will be a fairytale. A story about two places. Far between. But connected in the way of wildlife and for some rare sightings. Part one will be a story about Marrick in South Africa and my search for the shy nocturnal animals who is roaming these lands. Was the reputation true? What did I find? Part two is a story about some characters in Okavango delta in the very high season when the flooding make the life easy for many animals. Not all, some of them will have a hard time. My story will tell... This part take place in Khwai Concession. In Marrick I stayed at Marrick lodge. Trevor Datnow and his crew make this to an exceptional place to stay. In Khwai I used WalkBotswanaSafaris and Gareth Flemix as a guide. Wild camping. Very luxury though with an attached toilet and shower built in the back of my tent. Even a proper bed and staff who make excellent food all the way. This was the real deal. I was there for wildlife, not sitting around in a lodge and spend most of the time to find a sunset point for a Gin/Tonic. Such a waste of time for the most perfect conditions for wildlife and photography. I can drink at home and I can hang around in a lodge at home. But I can definitely never ever photographing "African animals" in the sunset at home... WalkBotswanaSafaris fulfilled all my expectations. So let me introduce the stars of the show. These characters is where the most action were. But there will be others as well... First out, Marrick. My most sought after creature here was of course Black footed cat and Aardvark. We found alot of other things as well... African wildcat! I will tell you more day by day in my next posts. I had three nightdrives and one daytrip to Mokala NP. Oh hell... I almost forgot the Meerkats! There are alot of them around Marrick and also Mokala NP. Nice and cute family. Khwai Concession in Botswana is another story. About a Leopard family... The cub is around 3 month old. A Lion family... With cubs in most ranges... A Wild dog family. On the hunt... And 12 days old puppies who sees the sky for the first time in their life. Especially one of them who got lost and a very rough start (and maybe end) of his life... Here he is. A story about very rare sightings... ...and creatures who have some problem with all the water to collect food... ...while some others have more than enough and take full advantage of the pantry. African darter and Dwarf bittern. Now when the stars are introduced. We can start from the beginning in Marrick on day 1. To be continued...
Doug Macdonald posted a topic in Lodge, camp and operator newsA back to basics safari using 3m x 3m Dome tents and you will travel with your camp between the sites and parks. The safari starts and finishes in Maun, Botswana. The safari begins in the Xakanaxa area of Moremi where you will be able to explore the Okavango Delta by boat and also the surrounding mopane forest and open savannah by vehicle. This is a famous area and for good reason and you shall be here for three nights. The safari then moves to the Khwai Community Concession area for the next three nights where you will be able to explore by Makoro, do game walks and night drives all giving a very different perspective to the safari experience. The next destination in Chobe National Park is the Savuti marsh area, reached by driving down the Khwai river. Another excellent and famous area of Northern Botswana that has extensive grasslands and teems with wildlife of all descriptions and a great way to conclude the safari. We finish with a light aircraft flight back to Maun. This safari needs a minimum of 4 guests and a maximum of 6 and the camp has only shared facilities not en-suite. The safari can be guided either by a top Botswana guide or Doug Macdonald - Please contact me for details email@example.com
A back to basics traditional mobile safari using walk in dome tents, and you travel with the camp starting and finishing in Maun. The safari starts with a drive to the Black Pools area of Moremi where you will spend the first 3 nights exploring the Mopane forests and open savannahs that have made the Moremi so famous. The camp then moves to the Xakanaxa area of the Moremi where you will be for the next 3 nights, from here you will be able to explore some of the many waterways of the Okavango Delta and the surrounding forests where excellent leopard sightings are a real possibility. The next destination is the Khwai community concession area where your next three nights will enable you to do walks, a makoro trip and also night drives. All of these areas are top destinations in this famous game viewing area of Botswana and you will be with top guides ensuring that you have a top quality experience. Rates differ for ensuite facilities or shared facilities. Minimum 4 guests and Maximum 6 with no single supplement. Please contact me for full details firstname.lastname@example.org
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